Louis Saha could be in action for Everton as soon as the Manchester City match on December 13.
The striker injured a hamstring in the win at Tottenham last weekend, and it was feared he could face a long lay-off.
But scans have confirmed that he has only suffered limited damage to the hamstring, which is a boost for boss David Moyes.
Moyes has Ayegbeni Yakubu out for the season with an Achilles injury, while James Vaughan in is Colorado where he had a cartilage operation yesterday.
It is too early for Saha to face Aston Villa on Sunday, but if he responds to treatment next week, he has a good chance of playing at Eastlands.
Another Everton player who is the subject of a positive injury bulletin is Tony Hibbert, who has not been involved with the squad since the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last month.
He suffered a groin injury in training but his rehabilitation has gone to plan and he may be involved when Aston Villa visit on Sunday.
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